Event: Storing potatoes in Ireland after CIPC ban

As chlorpropham (CIPC) faces the chop, potato farmers must now find an alternative product to use in the storage of their product. On Thursday, September 12, Haggard Stores will host a potato storage workshop dealing with “all topics relating to potato storage and the introduction of 1,4 Sight sprout suppressant. Any potato growers are welcome to attend. The event is taking[Read More…]

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Restrain Company announces job opportunities in Europe

Restrain Company offers business solutions for the maintenance of low level ethylene gas in potato and onion storages, as well as tomato ripening on the vine. The company currently operates in 36 countries. Restrain says on its website that the company’s core business is the supply and lease of Restrain in-house built equipment to customers such as potato processors and growers.[Read More…]

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US potato industry concerned that Europe failed to renew CIPC

Idaho potato industry leaders fear they may be adversely affected by Europe’s recent decision not to renew certification of CIPC – a chemical used globally to inhibit tubers from sprouting in storage. Chloropropham, also known as CIPC, is the world’s most popular potato sprout inhibitor, applied by farmers since 1952. It’s also been used as a plant growth regulator and[Read More…]

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Tong Engineering’s Caretaker sorter now includes advanced optical sorting feature for dirty crops

Since Tong Engineering launched the option of integrated optical sorting within its market leading grading machine, the Caretaker, in 2016, the inclusion of advanced optical sorting on dirty grading systems has proved to be a very welcome addition. Introduced to offer potato and vegetable growers and processors automated optical sorting of dirty crop, Tong has been offering the option within[Read More…]

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German company says it holds the solution to potato greening

The toxins solanin and chaconin are responsible for the “greening” of potato tubers. This makes the tubers not only unsightly and unsuitable for the trade, but inedible as well, because the glycoalkaloids solanine and chaconin are toxic to humans.  Based on intensive studies and practical experience, German based Conpower has been manufacturing special luminaires for the potato industry for nearly[Read More…]

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Tolsma Australia hosts potato storage information day

On July 25, 2019 Tolsma Australia ran an informal potato storage information day at Terry Buckley’s Farm just outside Mount Gamiber in South Australia. Growers from around the regin gathered to discuss how we should store potatoes in Australia and tour Terry’s Tolsma store. Furthermore Allan Greenhalgh, Director Tolsma Australia and Maarten van Delden, Sales Director gave an interesting presentation on[Read More…]

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Investigation into dumping 890 metric tons of potatoes in Sri Lanka

Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha De Silva says a formal investigation is underway into the discarding of 890 metric tons of potatoes purchased from the upcountry farmers during the 52-day unconstitutional government in 2018. The 890 metric tons of potatoes bought by the state from the farmers at a cost of over Rs. 83 million have[Read More…]

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UK: Potato storage strategies without CIPC

Although the use-up period for CIPC is currently unclear, this autumn/winter is likely to be the last when it can be used to treat potatoes in store in the UK. If CIPC were to be used next autumn, it could cause significant stewardship issues due to its persistence, said Adrian Cunnington, head of crop storage research at Sutton Bridge Crop[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage technology training explained

Extensive groups of arable farmers have gathered in Emmeloord and Steenbergen in the Netherlands over recent weeks to attend the storage technology training course for Tolsma Vision Control systems.  It appears evident that the beneficial cultivation results from the growing season must not go to waste and, in that respect, proper storage and energy management is of enormous importance. According[Read[Read More…]

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Tong Engineering announced new potato box filler

Tong Engineering has announced a new twin-head box filler which is minimising labour requirements and almost tripling throughput for an established seed potato processor in Tasmania. Built to combine high capacity and gentle box filling, with reduced forklift movements for maximum efficiency, the new MonstaFill box filler is the latest in a series of new product developments from Tong Engineering.[Read More…]

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Colorado potato storage to finish before 2019 fresh-crop harvest

Rolling into mid-summer, Colorado’s storage potato crop is a little long on volume and, while somewhat disappointing, prices are not bad, according to James Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee. Ehrlich said that Colorado packer-shippers expect to sellout their storage crop by Labor Day, which generally will mark the beginning of the 2019 fresh-crop harvest. Colorado’s potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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Spanish potato Conference: ‘Still no alternative for CIPC’

The 1st Conference on the Future of Potatoes in Spain dealt with several essential issues, emphasising the future positioning of the Spanish potato as a reference product in Europe. The event, organised at the Patatas Meléndez facilities, brought together almost two hundred professionals. One of the topics discussed was the imminent ban of CIPC (chlorpropham). EU Member States will withdraw[Read[Read More…]

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Dutch-based company installs cold storage facility for McCain in Idaho

The tallest building in Burley, Idaho, contains millions of pounds of frozen french fries and other potato products. At 14 stories, it’s one of the largest cold storage facilities in the country, Transport Topics reports. NewCold, a 180,000-square-foot site that can store 90,000 pallets, is being leased by Canada-based McCain Foods.  For the trucking and logistics industries, the warehouse’s unique[Read[Read More…]

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EU Commission confirms non-renewal decision on Chlorpropham

Potato News Today learned this morning from reliable sources in the European potato industry that the EU Commission has published it’s IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/989 concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substance chlorpropham. Based on the Regulation, CIPC authorisation has not been renewed. Member States should withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing chlorpropham as active substance by[Read[Read More…]

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Scottish spuds ‘save the day’ following drought in England

The latest potato stock statistics from 500 potato growers nationwide show Scottish growers hold 34% of Britain’s total stocks, up markedly from 25% at the previous count, reports The Courier. Scottish potatoes are becoming increasingly important to maintaining supply across the UK after prolonged droughts in England in 2018 resulted in lower yields.Scotland avoided the worst of last year’s drought[Read[Read More…]

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UK: AHDB Potatoes funds one-to-one storage advice

AHDB in the UK has reportedly launched its new “Storage Network”, said to be part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage. Potato store managers from levy-paying businesses will be able to call on the network for a site visit and one-to-one advice, delivered by independent advisors who have received training and information from AHDB experts. This[Read[Read More…]

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BASF, Kenya sign $6mil deal for potato cooling facility

The government of Kenya has reportedly signed a US$6m deal with BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical companies, as well as IPR Consulting Establishment in Kenya – to develop a potato cooling storage facility in Nyandarua county in Kenya. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Francis Kimemia, Nyandarua Governor, said the establishment of the facility is aimed at reducing post-harvesting losses[Read[Read More…]

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British potato storage solutions company on the move

A company which designs and installs crop storage controllers for the potato production industry has moved to a new base after securing a £235,000 commercial mortgage from HSBC UK. Norfolk-based Crop Systems has moved from an outdoor farm in Gimingham to indoor premises in Happisburgh. Ray Andrews, managing director of Crop Systems Ltd, said: “Crop Systems has an incredibly talented[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Tackling the CIPC loss challenge

An EU Appeals Committee voted on the future of potato sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) in April, but was unable to reach a decision. According to Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU senior regulatory affairs adviser, the European Commission now has the power to proceed with the non-renewal of approval of CIPC, which it had proposed, and is highly likely to do so,[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian potato storage holdings lowest in five years

Canadian potato storage holdings, with includes all sectors, are the lowest of the last five years, according to the United Potato Growers of Canada’s update on April 1. Potatoes in Canada reports that potato storage holdings are down 11 per cent from where they were in April 2018. Some of the biggest declines are seen in provinces that suffered tough[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Manitoba’s potato sector not stressing on seed, despite tight supplies

Manitoba Co-operator reports that Manitoba’s potato sector is gearing up to supply an expanding industry but seed supplies will be tight after a tough harvest last season. J.R. Simplot’s $460-million expansion of its Portage la Prairie plant is expected to double the operation’s need for tubers when it comes online this fall. Why it matters: Manitoba’s potato sector is in[Read[Read More…]

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